Issue date: 27 July 2004

ISSUE DATE: 27/07/04

Gini Coates, a Textiles graduate from UWE, has won a major prize at New Designers 2004, an annual exhibition which showcases work by ‘the next generation of designers’ and awards a series of prizes sponsored by leading firms and organisations.

Each year final year textiles students from UWE take a stand to the New Designers exhibition in London and this year, Gini Coates won the London Printworks Trust Bursary Award – a £1000 bursary, a 6 month residency, professional development and an exhibition at the end of the residency. This Award was given for ‘excellence, innovation, experimentation and risk in creative practice, as well as using new ideas and approaches both conceptual and technical. For more information about the range of services at the London Printworks Trust please contact them at www.londonprintworks.com or on 020 7738 7841

Gini’s work focused on the design of five full size doors which have been used to display activities from responses to a random and eclectic set of websites. The project was sponsored by Rose Green Tiles and Reclamation Centre in Fishponds, Bristol. Gini explains, “I became fascinated with the idea of ‘joining’, so using other collective websites such as flashmob.com and joinme.com I started my own collection of people called ‘circle appreciation’. The idea was to provide bizarre urban activities for the collective to take part in and use Bristol city centre as their playing field. I hid duck tape -covered boxes at different locations with a disposable camera and a book in each box, sometimes even chocolate. I left the boxes for a couple of weeks and emailed the collective giving them clues to the box locations. They would then leave an impression by taking a photograph or writing something in the book. The results of this exploit have been arranged and displayed on the doors.

“Each door represents a different element of the project whether documenting imagery found in the boxes or the idea of drawing people into a group. I used doors to represent the barriers and opening that groups provide. The doors are very experimental – I used techniques such as embroidery, upholstery, screen-printing, and etching to decorate the doors.

“I am extremely excited by the opportunity offered up by the bursary where l will work alongside leading designers such as Jonathan Saunders and Jessica Ogden, who have both had their designs featured in Vogue. Also my final exhibition may be showcased at 55DSL (an offshoot of leading fashion design company Diesel), and Urban outfitters (the London-based fashion and interiors store). My website “circleappreciation.com” will be launched in September and it will showcase all my work and future events. I’d like people to check it out to cheer up their day!”

For more information please see http://www.newdesigners.com/page.cfm/Link=1/t=m/goSection=8


Editor’s notes

Brixton based London Printworks Trust is the UK’s leading organisation for the promotion of printed textiles. It runs a range of programmes including exhibitions, artist-led education work, an open access textile print workshop, a professional advice service, courses in textile print, a project management service, as well as the bursary scheme for new graduates. London Printworks Trust is home to many of the UK’s leading designers including Jonathan Saunders, Eley Kishimoto, Kim Jones, Jessica Ogden, Zakee Shariff, Buddhist Punk and Jens Laugeson.

For its exhibition programme, London Printworks Trust has commissioned work from a wide range of artists including Sonia Boyce, Mark Wallinger, Atelier van Lieshout, Yinka Shonibare (nominated for this year’s Turner Prize) and Graham Ramsay. It has collaborated with a diverse number of organisations including the V&A, the Hayward Gallery, Brixton Prison, Shaftesbury Children’s Home and the Lambeth Chinese Community Association.

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